Heading into the 2013 season, many were concerned with how McKinney Boyd would replace running back Bryan Driskell. And five games into the season, any questions or concerns have been answered – the solution has been junior running back Dedrick Scrivens, who has rushed over, past and through all opponents en route to being one of the most productive backs in Dallas 5A.
Through five games Scrivens has compiled 100 carries for 637 yards, good for 9th in the area. Scrivens’ 11 touchdowns puts him in a tie for 3rd in the area, als
Scrivens said most of his success so far in 2013 can be attributed to his coaches putting him in good positions to make plays and his lineman clearing space up front, adding “good things happen when those two aspects come together”.
Head coach Don Drake said he is very pleased with Scriven’s play so far this season, but his talents were not a complete secret, as Scrivens has been in Boyd’s football program since he was a freshman.
Scrivens describes his improvement as a football as “tremendous”, saying he has progressed from mostly a speed back his freshman year, to a more complete running back this year, hitting the holes harder and being more physical.
Last year, however, Scrivens did little in the backfield, moving to slot receiver for the 2012 season, getting few caries behind the explosive Driskell.
Scrivens said not much changed this year going back to playing running back full-time this season, except for getting his running back coach, former Chicago Bear Louise Fite, by his side.
Drake said coming into the 2013 season there were concerns about Boyd’s ability to replace Driskell, but those concerns have been put to rest.
Scrivens noted that he is not alone in the backfield, saying backs Brandon Bowling and Mahlieke Boseman have done a great job getting tough yards and scoring points.
“It’s not really just me filling those shoes (Driskell’s),” Scrivens said.
Scrivens will look to add to his stats Friday night when Boyd takes on Plano West at 7:30 p.m. at John Clark Stadium.